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South African National Research Foundation PhD Project

Sha’la Fletcher and Seth Rylander, two IGERT in Magnetic and Nanostructure (IGERT-MNM) trainees and graduate students in the Center for Materials Research (CMR) at Norfolk State University, along with IGERT-MNM and Department of Engineering faculty member Dr. Frances Williams, were selected to participate in the South African (SA) National Research Foundation (NRF) PhD Project to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from September 24, 2012 through September 29, 2012. The SA PhD Project is a special initiative through the NRF along with the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) which focuses on attracting new doctoral candidates, along with providing current doctoral candidates with information and peer and mentor support. The NRF goal is to increase the number of doctoral graduates tenfold by 2025. The SA PhD Project Conference is an annual conference where potential and current doctoral students will have the opportunity to gain insight into various topics such as postgraduate studies, local and international training opportunities at higher education institutions, research facilities or private organizations, and the typical doctoral process.  The National Research Foundation (NRF) is the intermediary agency between policies and strategies of the South African government and research institutions with three main functions: support research and innovation, encourage an interest in science and technology through business and innovation, and facilitate high-end research through its National Research facilities. The IGERT-MNM team hopes to develop research and education collaborations, building on existing connections. The goal is to establish a collaborative program with South Africa aligned with the NRF-PhD Project goals, taking advantage of the IGERT-MNM hybrid engineering education - technical preparation framework.


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